Kirk Mouser is the epitome of the local-boy-makes-good story, but there is so much more to the man than that.
True, Mouser, now 47, did graduate from Centennial High School, and he did go to Los Angeles and New York City and was a success on the stage in both places.
He’s been back in Portland for 10 years, and after again finding success on stages around the metro area and even on screen in TNT’s “Leverage,” he is now the executive artistic director and founder of Stumptown Stages.
“When I left New York City, people thought I would miss Manhattan, and I was nervous about that, but what I found here is the creative energy of the city,” he says, noting that all his friends in New York now want to come to Portland to perform.
With the “wonderful talent base here” and his connections all around the United States, Mouser can call on any number of friends to come to Portland to direct or appear in the musicals he produces for Stumptown Stages.
Wondering if there was a place for him when he returned to Portland, Mouser gathered together some key leaders in the local theatrical scene and discussed the need for a musical company in downtown Portland.
In 2005 he filed for nonprofit status for Stumptown Stages, saying that the group’s mission is to present “quality musical theater opportunities for a wide and diverse audience of musical-theater lovers.”